Nov 23, 2012; Ames, Iowa, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at Jack Trice Stadium. West Virginia defeated Iowa State 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Smith and Nassib at the NYSE

Two quarterbacks with differing prospectuses rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning. After leading the free world into another day of trading, the two star quarterbacks will be asked to lead their teams to victory on Saturday in the New Era Pinstipe Bowl.

Geno Smith has seen his stock sky rocket and then fall this season. Once considered the odds on favorite for he Heisman trophy after leading the Mountaineers to a 5-0 record, Smith and the rest of the Mountaineers went through a very rough 5-game losing streak. During that streak, Smith struggled mightily, throwing costl interceptions and failing to keep pace with his astronomical first of half of the season.

Geno saw his stock go from Google levels to Sirius-XM levels over the course of the season. With the Mountaineers finishing the season on 2-game winning streak, Smith’s stock has started to rebound. While he may not be the top quarterback prospect according to some of the talking heads out there, Smith is still looking like a solid first round quarterback. Geno can take his stock value to the next level with a strong outing against the Orange and could prove to the NFL scouts that he is a franchise quarterback.

Geno Smith led the Big XII in passing with 4,001 yards, 40 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions.

November 17, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) during the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. The Syracuse Orange defeated the Missouri Tigers 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Smith’s foe, Ryan Nassib, will be looking to salvage his stock with a strong outing as well. Nassib, whose stock has never been really high (much like Ford) has been a dependable but lackluster player for the Orange. As average as Nassib’s career has been, he has excelled in big games, especially against the Mountaineers. In his last two performances against the Mountaineers, Nassib has had huge one day rallies for a combined 292 passing yards and 6 total touchdowns.

Nassib has led the Big East in passing this season with 3,619 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.

With both quarterbacks having one last chance to improve their NFL stock values, the Pinstipe Bowl is set up to be a big quarterback duel. Let’s see who gets their bell rung on Saturday and who surges to a higher NFL value.

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